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Rabbit dies saving owners from house fire in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A pet rabbit is being credited for saving its owners from a house fire in southeastern Alaska before it died of smoke inhalation, fire officials said on Friday. The rabbit woke up the homeowner early on Tuesday morning by scratching on her chest, the Ketchikan Fire…

Obama: All Americans must pay fair share to cut deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Americans need to be ready to “pay their fair share” to narrow the deficit, previewing his proposals to Congress that are expected to include more taxes on the rich. In his weekly radio and video address, the Democrat said his…

Movie slams “pink-washing” in breast cancer campaigns

TORONTO (Reuters) – Pink ribbons dumb down the grim realities of treating cancer, and hide the profit-focused core of many high-profile fund-raising events, according to a movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this week. “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” takes a detailed look at some of the colorful fundraising events…

GM, United Auto Workers agree on new contract

The United Auto Workers said it had reached a new labor agreement with General Motors Co., although details of the settlement were being withheld, pending a ratification meeting with local union leaders. The UAW’s old agreement expired Wednesday but the union was barred from striking under the terms of the…

Blogger found not guilty of threatening Connecticut officials

A New Jersey blogger who suggested that Connecticut officials should “obey the Constitution or die” and urged his readers to “take up arms” against them has been found not guilty of threatening and inciting injury. Harold “Hal” Turner of New Jersey has a long history of violent rhetoric and is…

Man with gun provokes lockdown at Arizona air base

TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) – Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in southern Arizona was on lockdown because of a “potential security situation” after a man was spotted with a weapon near a dormitory, authorities said on Friday. The base, on the outskirts of Tucson, said in a statement that no one had…

GOP leaders: We might support tax breaks for business in Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sounding cooperative but drawing a firm line on tax increases, House Republican leaders said on Friday they see some areas of possible agreement with President Barack Obama on his jobs plan. Extending a tax break for businesses that allows them to write off the value of new…

Book: Geithner ignored Obama order to dissolve Citigroup

How much power does the Secretary of the Treasury wield over the President of the United States? Apparently enough to refuse a direct order, according to a forthcoming book. In “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” by Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind, a picture of tension…

Pat-downs tightened at NFL stadiums

NEW YORK — NFL fans are undergoing more extensive pat-downs from security guards before being allowed into stadiums, although the new measure did not prevent a man from using a stun gun at a game last Sunday. The league has asked all 32 clubs to have security guards search fans…

Global protests held in Troy Davis execution case

Some 300 protest rallies were held worldwide Friday ahead of a last-ditch parole board hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, whose planned execution sparked an international movement. Davis is set to be executed September 21 for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer in Savannah, Georgia, but his…

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